Google 'Babble': Chat Chaos Control?

By Nicole Spector March 19, 2013

It's as though Google's eyes are bigger than its stomach, sometimes. One can imagine the mega-company surveying a buffet of Internet features, piling its plate to the roof, convinced it can master every last bit of functionality. Then, halfway through its ambitious meal, Google starts to heave and “spaz.”

Communications domain is a prime example of an area the tech behemoth has looked to excel in but has teetered unsteadily. Google has a gaggle of chatty services including Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Drive, and Google Talk for G+. It's quite an offering, but it is a problematic one. None of the systems really jive together or connect. Babble, the company's proposed cross communication platform to unify chat functions, could solve the problem.

In line with Google's long-standing preference, Babble organizes by conversation. As with G+Messenger, users can share photos in chat windows, or start a Hangout with fellow Google contacts, with conversations threaded across all the existing services. The idea then is the same – just simplified. Under Babble, all chat services will be moved to a single platform. One chat window can be used across all of Google’s products with the same features available everywhere.   Until now, most of Google’s chat services have been scrappily joined together using the sealed off manipulations of an open chat platform called XMPP – a service Google is moving away from in order to build a closed communications platform. The new Babble service will function not by XMPP standards, but by Google's. A new set of Google-officiated chat features will take some getting used to, but at least it will bring some consistency and compatibility within the brand's troubled area.

Babble doesn't have an official release date, but a presentation on it is expected to be delivered during this year's Google I/O in May. The service will sport an app for Android and Chrome OS.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

Contributing Writer

Related Articles

Modern Moms Shaping Influence

By: Maurice Nagle    7/19/2018

Everyone knows Mom knows best. The internet is enabling a new era in sharing, and sparking a more enlightened, communal shopping experience. Mommy blo…

Read More

Why People Don't Update Their Computers

By: Special Guest    7/13/2018

When the WannaCry ransomware attacked companies all over the world in 2017, experts soon realized it was meant to be stopped by regular updating. Even…

Read More

More Intelligence About The New Intelligence

By: Rich Tehrani    7/9/2018

TMC recently announced the launch of three new artificial intelligence events under the banner of The New Intelligence. I recently spoke with TMC's Ex…

Read More

Technology, Innovation, and Compliance: How Businesses Approach the Digital Age

By: Special Guest    6/29/2018

Organizations must align internally to achieve effective innovation. Companies should consider creating cross-functional teams or, at a minimum, incre…

Read More

Contribute Your Brain Power to The New Intelligence

By: Paula Bernier    6/28/2018

The three events that are part of The New Intelligence are all about how businesses and service providers, and their customers, can benefit from artif…

Read More